Exodus Types: 6a. The Tabernacle In the Wilderness, A Manifold Type of Christ and His Church
(Exodus 25-40) God had a detailed plan for making the
Tabernacle; and He has a plan for the life of every
member of His Church. "And look that thou make them after
their pattern, which was
showed thee in the mount" (Exodus 25:40). The plans for the
construction of the Tabernacle
were given to Moses on Mount Sinai, and Moses saw to it that
they were carried out in the
building and making of it. Concerning God’s plan for our
lives, Paul has this to say: "For we are
his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before
ordained [or planned] that we should walk in them"
(Ephesians 2:10). Since God has a plan
for our lives, how important that we find out what His plan
is, and then proceed to carry it out!
The Tabernacle was a type of God’s presence with His people
of Israel and with Christians
today. "And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell
among them" (Exodus 25:8).
The Tabernacle was always placed in the center of Israel’s
camp, and there in the heart of His
people’s dwelling-place, God was present, in His sanctuary.
The Church is God’s sanctuary now.
"In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of
God through the Spirit"
(Ephesians 2:22). God dwells in the heart of His Church
through His Spirit.
The tabernacle was a picture of Jesus Christ and His
salvation. "And the Word was made
flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:14). The word dwelt is
rendered "tabernacled" in the
margin. When He was here on earth, Jesus was tabernacling
among us. He was fulfilling many of
the types which we find so interesting in the Tabernacle in
the wilderness. Thus we see Him and
His salvation pictured plainly in many of the details of
that Tabernacle. The Israelites gave material for the
Tabernacle in the spirit Christians should give to God’s
work in these modern times. "And they came, every one whose
heart stirred him up, and
everyone whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the
Lord’s offering to the work of
the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service,
and for the holy garments"
"The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the
Lord, every man and woman,
whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of
work, which the Lord had
commanded to be made by the hand of Moses" (Exodus 35:29).
"And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much
more than enough for the
service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make"
[Old Testament Types - FHW]